The Fourth Armored Division

The spearhead of Patton’s Third Army across Europe – the 4th Armored Division, “Name Enough.”

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Description

The experiences of the Fourth Armored Division during World War II were so tremendous, they couldn’t be fit onto one page! This tremendous two sheet map depicts the unit’s campaign across Europe, from landing in Normandy in early July 1944 to the assigned occupational area in Germany in late May of 1945.

The relatively simple image belies the frenetic activity and numerous engagements experienced by the division and it’s component units during the war. Individual Combat Commands (CC’s) are shown with colored lines, with dated locations and “important engagements” are sited with large red stars.

Particularly notable was the division’s relief of the 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne and the Battle of Arracourt near Luneville. Photographs of the division’s commanding officers throughout the duration of the war – including John S. Wood, one of the most capable divisional commanders in the U.S. Army (by the author’s estimation) – can be seen in the lower right.

The map was designed by members of the 24th Armored Engineer Battalion and was published in July of 1945 by the 673rd Engineer Topographical Company.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1945

Author: 24th Armored Engineer Battalion

Sheet Width (in): 28.90

Sheet Height (in): 22.00

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Two separate sheets, each formerly folded with creasing and light wear along fold lines. The second sheet shows moderate discoloration along the edges of one 'panel' and soiling in the far right margin. Remains in good condition overall.

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